Cathedral of St Lovro

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

The showcase of Trogir is this three-naved Venetian cathedral, one of the finest architectural works in Croatia, built from the 13th to 15th centuries. Note first the Romanesque portal (1240) by Master Radovan. The sides of the portal depict lion figures (the symbol of Venice) with Adam and Eve above them, the earliest example of the nude in Dalmatian sculpture. At the end of the portico is another fine piece of sculpture – the baptistery sculpted in 1464 by Andrija Aleši. Enter the building through an obscure back door to see the richly decorated Renaissance Chapel of St Ivan , created by the masters Nikola Firentinac and Ivan Duknović from 1461 to 1497. Within the sacristy there are paintings of St Jerome and John the Baptist. Be sure to take a look at the treasury , which contains an ivory triptych and several medieval illuminated manuscripts. You can even climb the 47m-high cathedral tower for a delightful view.

A sign informs that you must be ‘decently dressed’ to enter the cathedral, which means that men must wear tops (women too, of course) and shorts are a no-no.